If you walk into your kitchen and your cabinets just aren’t cutting it, you have a decision to make. Do you want to completely replace your cabinets or simply invest in cabinet refinishing or refacing of your kitchen cabinets? To get the right answer, it is important to ask a few more questions, so you know what you truly need.
What Does Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Mean?
Refacing kitchen cabinets is a bit like putting new siding on your home. You don’t take down the main structure of your cabinets, you just pull away the surface components and replace them with something more aesthetically pleasing. This means the outer veneers are pulled away and something new, and likely more modern or in tune with your personal style is put there instead.
At Angi, formerly known as Angie’s list, we can refer you to local contractors in your area that can help you decide which method is best to create “new to you” kitchen cabinets
Refacing is a good choice when you like the basic structure of your cabinets. You like how your food and canisters fit inside, Your shelves are sturdy. The drawers don’t fall off track. You like the functionality of your cupboards and drawers, but on some level, it just isn’t “you.”
It is important to really think about it before refacing cabinets. You should be able to enjoy your cabinets and cupboards for several more years before a replacement is necessary. Most people save 30 % or more if they reface cabinets rather than replace them, however, if you continue to fight against sticky drawers and loose shelves, chances are a replacement isn’t too far off anyway.
Is Cabinet Refinishing an Option?
Another possibility to consider, short of replacing your cabinets, is refinishing. With refinishing your cabinets are repainted and the hardware is replaced. If the material of your cabinets is in good condition and will take painting or staining well, then you may be able to refinish your cabinets instead. While cabinet refinishing is a less expensive option, it is important to make sure that your makeover will be seen as professional by all the members of your household, and perhaps beyond.
While it may seem like painting cabinets is an easy enough venture, some materials handle paint better than others. It is important to take the time to research and paint a test area if you do plan to paint cabinets yourself. Another option is to hire a kitchen cabinet contractor from Angi. This way you can discuss your plans for your kitchen as well as your budget and make an informed decision on how to move forward with your project.
When Replacing is the Best Option After All
If the structure of your cabinets don’t have sturdy shelving, or they are simple not at the right depth or laid out in the right place to make your kitchen work for you, a do-over is in order.In this instance refacing or repainting will look nice short term, but you’ll only be constantly reminded that you do not have the cabinets you want.
In order to get away with refacing, you need to be almost happy with your cabinets in the first place. In some cases, shortcuts are not in anyone’s best interest. No matter what you decide for your kitchen cabinets, it is important that you make a decision that is in your budget and that serves your needs going forward.
To learn more about all your options and to discuss which is the best fit for you, contact a kitchen contractor via Angi today.